Hmm… *long pause* I didn’t realize how loaded this question can be to someone. I learned the hard way from my own experience that this casual greeting could trigger a whole lot of emotions to someone. It certainly did to me.
Unexpected and unfortunate events happened to me and my family one after the other since the beginning of last year, and along the way I lost my health to the point where I couldn’t walk. It all happened pretty quickly – from an active person to bedridden; not only having to deal with physical challenges but also facing mental struggles with myself, having difficulties accepting what has happened to me.
For years if someone said to me “How are you?” I would respond casually – “I am good. How are you?” with smiles on my face. Often it was like an automatic response – as if that’s the only way I knew how to respond to such question. That was no longer the case this time. I found myself struggling how to answer this question… Do I say ok so that I don’t need to explain anything? Should I be honest and say I am going through hell? But then what? It triggered all kind of emotions – sadness, frustrations, anger, feeling so vulnerable and helpless, confused…made me even feel speechless at times, simply not knowing what to say. With all these overwhelming emotions, I started shutting down and isolating myself more and more to avoid any kind of interaction.
But lately, I started feeling better and the feeling of wanting to respond came back. I wanted to respond and say thank you, thanks for just thinking of me and saying “Hello!”, and asking me how I am doing. I realized that my physical and mental struggles was overwhelming at times, and this question reminded me of the normalcy I was missing so I chose to flight and that’s what I did. However, it did also reminded me that you are there and show that you do care when I was feeling most vulnerable and helpless.
It’s been 9 months of countless hours spent in dr appointments and rehab trying to regain my health back. I am still dealing with pains everyday and unsure how long it will take for me to fully recover from this injury, but I want to believe that I am going to be ok. I can walk, able to work and slowly started doing things that I used to enjoy doing, so I know I will be ok.
So, I want to ask you “How are you doing today?” and that I really hope you are in good health and doing ok. If you are struggling, my thoughts are with you and I hope you feel better soon! ❤️🙏
I am a complainer.
I don’t have a big dream.
I am unsure what I would like to do with my life.
I don’t have such ambitions or desire to be that “successful” person as how our society defines.
But how I am is what drives me to think hard and creatively to find solutions for my complains, to have an open mind and live life with a glass half full perspective, to try different things to figure out what I like, and to enjoy small things in life every day that matters to me and define success in my own term.
So I don’t think there is anything wrong for being a complainer, or not having a big dream, or not having a clear answer for what I would like to do with my life.
Remember, try not to make hasty judgments based on your own rules and how things appear on surface. When you have an open and curious mind, and try looking at things from different angles, you will always discover new insights and be able to learn different perspectives that you weren’t able to see before.
These are some pictures from my recent trip to Bruges in Belgium. I enjoy traveling. You can see new things, experience different cultures, food, and learn about new way of living and human history that I never knew before. And at the same time, it reminds me how lucky I am to call Toronto home. ❤
In order for an organization to be successful and achieve its mandate, what do you think are the fundamental things that everyone involved in an organization needs to clearly understand? Three questions initially came to my mind:
WHAT we do?
There are few variations and opinions you will encounter when reading through articles on this topic. However, the following are the common themes in a simplified form and we needs a bird’s eye view of an organization to be able to answer these questions.
Motivation: WHY does the organization work the way it does?
Function: HOW does the organization carry out its work to deliver the value?
People: WHO does what?
Network: WHERE is the work conducted?
Data: WHAT things are needed – i.e., resources and information?
Use simple language and diagrams as appropriate to convey the message.
Your goal should be to create things that can easily be understood by everyone at every level of the organization. If it’s complicated and hard to understand, no one will reference and use them.
Simplify Simplify Simplify… and Simplify!
Break down existing complexity – prioritize and focus on creating things that will help simplifying complexity, and support establishing a foundation to keep your organization moving efficiently, enable to respond quickly and adopt to ever changing environment.
Let’s keep things simple! Be logical, prioritize and focus on things that are important, communicate clearlyusing plain language to get everyone on the same page, foster collaboration to channel energy of your organization… and take your organization to the next level one step at a time!
View of Han River from 92nd floor at Signiel Seoul, October 2018
I live and breath in diversity.
I respect my surroundings.
I practice minimalistic living.
I provide a place to rest, play and live to those in need.
I clean the air for living.
I cope with challenges that life brings with best of my ability.
I know when to let go things to prepare myself for what’s to come.
I change to grow and mature.
I nurture what’s holding me to stand tall when reaching for the sky.
Who am I…?
My name is Tree.
And I am proud to be part of life on earth.
Leadership is NOT about holding a position with a fancy title in an organization.
Leadership is NOT about being in charge and telling people what to do.
Leadership is NOT about having a loud voice and being right all the time.
Leadership is NOT about finding weakness in others and shifting accountability.
I will call you a leader if you stay relevant to the people you serve and work with, by engaging them regularly, listening and validating their needs carefully and creating a culture of collaboration by working on building trust and respect with everyone involved.
I will call you a leader if you work on empowering employees who have the needs, answers, knowledge and expertise in their field to make the decisions on how to get their job done, and done efficiently to best serve the need of our customers. You believe that best idea must always win regardless of your position, background and experiences.
Watching Sunrise From 92nd floor at Signiel Seoul in October 2018
Are you looking to retire your legacy applications or invest in new technology platforms to serve the need of your business better?
It’s important to remember that Technology is a Business Enabler.
Buying a new technology will not fix your broken and/or inefficient business processes.
Do not choose and invest in new technologies unless you clearly understand the business problems you are trying to solve.
Technology will drive process improvements and transform the way business function if and only if it’s carefully chosen based on the business needs and used to support optimized business processes.
Here are some questions that will help you when formulating the migration strategy for your legacy applications:
What are the purpose of your applications?
What business processes do your applications support?
If you have multiple applications in scope for the migration, are there any commonalities between them?
Important! Do you see an opportunity to consolidate them into a comprehensive, integrated enterprise system to reduce technology footprints and improve business processes?
Are your applications integrated with each other? If so, what are the integration points?
How large, complex your applications are?
# of forms, screens, menus, # of reports, complexity of reports…etc
# of databases and database tables, and its association to applications/forms/screen
Are they all internal applications (i.e. internal corporate use only)?
Are they external facing applications (i.e. external users/stakeholders involved)
What are external users’ impact?
What are the risks involved?
How authentication and authorization are handled?
Is database migration also in scope along with the applications?
Is there a central database that your applications are currently interacting with?
If so, what are the integration points?
Can each of the application be broken into individual modules (or group of functionalities) to migrate them in groups/phases?
You can use this as an indicator for determining how you can run the project in agile way.
How well your applications are documented (i.e. business rules)?
Is there any tools that you can use to scan existing code to extract business rules?
Are all functionalities exists currently being used and that they all need to be migrated over to new platform?
Any unused functionalities that you can retire?
Can you determine the migration priorities?
If you have a limited resource capacity, priority must be determined.
Which application will provide the most business value when migrated over?
Which application will be most simple to migrate over?
Which business groups are most open for changes and new technology adoptions?
Any enhancements that must be considered?
Are there any pain points raised by the stakeholders that you would like to address right away as part of the migration?
Once you define the strategy, a key to succeed in any migration project is planning,with an understanding thateach migration project is different.
Set a clear migration vision, goals, expectations
Not one approach fit all, spend adequate time on planning really goes a long way.
Use agile approach as appropriate for executing development work (see a diagram below for one of the potential agile approach you can take when migrating legacy application)
Throughout my career, I’ve been involved in various digital transformation and migration projects as Applications Architect, Developer, Quality Assurance, Technical Team Lead, Business Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Project Manager and Scrum Master. To name a few:
I was introduced to the terminology back in 2009. The team I was part of adopted agile practices and followed Scrum process for delivering quality web applications. Process made sense and we delivered great results every month (developed and released new production ready functionalities that addressed our clients’ needs). Since then I had countless conversation around “Agile” with many people in various positions and here is my two cents on what “Agile” means to me in a simplest form.
It’s about finding ways to reduce the distance between the point (A) & (B). Along the way we build great relationship by workingcloselytogether towards common goals, and as a result we deliver values to our clients.
Continuous learning and collaboration to find ways to quickly adopt to ever changing environment, and deliver quality results that satisfies our clients’ needs in the shortest time possible.
Make sense? 🙂 What does “Agile” means to you? I would love to hear from you, please leave me your thoughts in comments box below.
We should never be afraid to say “I don’t know” at work. There is no shame in not knowing something since it’s not possible to be an expert at everything and know it all. What matters is one’s honesty and attitude when facing “I don’t know” moments. I believe that we will go far if:
we work on turning “I don’t know” moments into “let’s figure it out” opportunities
we are curious about the unknown and willing to learn new things to find answers
we work together to share knowledge and leverage each others’ strengths
I often value one’s attitude more than their knowledge and skills especially when it comes to team work. I enjoy working with someone who is honest and humble, and confident enough to admit they don’t have all the answers. “I don’t know, but let me see what I can do.“, “I don’t know, but what do you think?” or “I don’t know, but let’s figure it out together.” attitude is what I think is important and I value.
It’s our attitude that matters and can make all the difference.